Hospital and Liberal MPP penny-wise, pound-foolish attitude to keeping laundry open, hurting local economy

    NORTH BAY, ON, April 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Both North Bay's Liberal MPP and
the hospital administration have misplaced priorities when it comes to keeping
local jobs in our community, says a local coalition group working to reverse a
decision to close the Nipissing Joint Laundry Services and move 26 jobs to
    Henri Giroux, the president of the North Bay District CUPE Council,
points out that the attitude of the hospital and the area MPP is best
described as 'penny-wise, pound-foolish.'
    "It's ludicrous that the hospital's vote to close the laundry is premised
on saving money. If that were the pressing concern, shouldn't the hospital be
more focused on the public paying $500 million in interest costs in its
private hospital contract," questions Giroux.
    Upgrading the laundry facilities and keeping the operation open and the
jobs in North Bay is an investment in the local economy, adds Giroux, but
paying huge interest premiums to an out-of-area private corporation will only
benefit the bottom line of out-of-town investors.
    It's not just the hospital that has misplaced priorities, says Giroux.
    "What we want to know is why our Liberal MPP, Monique Smith, isn't
fighting to keep jobs in North Bay. Where are her priorities when it comes to
jobs rolling down the highway?" Asks Giroux, who asserts that, "this fight is
not over."
    Over the next few weeks, a community coalition, focused on keeping the
laundry open and the jobs in North Bay, will actively mobilize the community
to fight the closure and job loss. A May 7th community meeting at the
North Bay Legion is now being organized.
    With the province moving forward on regional health care restructuring
that could involve additional programs and jobs and services being transferred
out of North Bay or merged with providers in Sudbury, what is happening with
the laundry is of great concern, says Giroux.
    "I don't think the people of North Bay are going to accept health system
restructuring if it involves services and jobs rolling down the road to
Sudbury," adds Giroux.

For further information:

For further information: Henri Giroux, President, North Bay District
CUPE Council, (705) 474-4250 extension 231, (705) 494-9302; Stella Yeadon,
CUPE Communications, (416) 578-8774

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